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Veteran covered in scabs, says apartment overrun with mites but property managers won’t help

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A veteran said even though he's covered in scabs and his apartment is covered in mites, adding the property managers haven't done anything to fix the problem.

Darnell McGhee said the problem started in March 2016. Since then, he said he's spoken to property managers at the Villas at Wadsworth Station multiple times.

He asked to transfer apartments and asked for an exterminator to come in, but he said none of those requests have been met.

"A strong man has to cry sometimes. When you go through this for a year, when I tell these people things are biting me, they aren't in my body. These things are actually living on me," McGhee said.

He pointed to places around his apartment where the mites are coming through the walls and screens near the windows. His body is covered in scabs from where the mites burrow into his skin and lay eggs.

"I can feel them just moving in me. They come out my scalp and I can feel them and sometimes I can see them. They are like really little and brown," said McGhee.

He can't afford to move or he said he'd have left a long time ago.

"It's just sickening and no one should have to live like this," McGhee said.

A representative said the property management company has been working with the tenant. She said an exterminator was sent out, but after not finding any mites, they didn't spray.

"They haven't tried doing anything. They sprayed about three times, but they sprayed for roaches and I told them I don't have those, I have a problem with mites," McGhee said.

A property manager said a different terminator will visit the apartment on Tuesday to assess if it needs to be sprayed.

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